By now, students on the East Coast have most likely heard about the snowstorm that is predicted to hit the D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City regions this weekend. This report is especially important for students who are registered for the SAT this Saturday at a testing location in the affected areas. If you take a look at the images below, the blizzard will inconveniently hit cities along the northeast coast starting the night before the scheduled test, during, and after.

Image courtesy of AccuWeather

Image courtesy of AccuWeather


Image courtesy of AccuWeather

So, as a student, what should you do?

The first thing you should do is check this page on the College Board website to see if your testing center is listed as closed. The list is organized by state in alphabetical order.

Make sure to take a look at when the page was last updated here:

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If your testing center is listed as closed, a new center may appear in the Notes section. You will see the following: “Test-takers should report to [NEW TESTING CENTER + ADDRESS + TEST CENTER #]”. At this point, you should access your online account and print a new, updated ticket with the new testing center’s information on it. Make sure to bring your updated ticket with you on Saturday to the reassigned center.

You may also see a makeup test date if your testing center is listed as closed. If this is the case, you will see the following in the Notes section: “Makeup to be administered on [NEW TEST DATE]”. It is important that you do not try to test at another location on Saturday—proctors cannot admit standbys or walk-ins.

If your testing center is listed as closed and no makeup date is scheduled, the College Board asks that you be patient—they will contact you as soon as a makeup date is put on the calendar.

We advise that you continue to check the test center closings page until the morning of the test. The College Board will also report closings to local media outlets (radio and TV stations), which will spread the word. Of course, monitor the weather reports as well.

Although these might be unlucky circumstances, don’t let them get to you! Things happen. If you are ready for the test this week, you will definitely be ready again in a few weeks. Most importantly, stay warm and be safe!